Pilpintuwasi butterfly nursery is the perfect place to enjoy a large diversity of butterfly species close to Iquitos. Home to many exotic species living in a beautiful tropical flower forest, the nursery offers its visitors the oportunity to appreciate the entire life cycle of the natural world.
The road to the nursery begins at the port and the Bellavista-Nanay market, from where visitors take a water bus, known as "peque-peque", towards Padrecocha. From Padrecocha it's a 15-minute hike to the nursery. Pilpintuwasi is also a wildlife rescue center for animals such as giant anteaters, land or "motelo" turtles (Geochelone denticulata) and sloths.
In Iquitos there is also a private initiative named Butterfly Wasi, devoted to raising 6 different kinds of butterflies, with almost 4,000 specimens each. This initiative is the first commercial nursery supplying colectors who seek exotic specimens, such as the ‘Morpho menelaus occidentalis’, listed on the market at US$ 30.